So recently i have purchased an RVR HSGR off a workmate to fill in the gap of the daily with me taking the LC off the road to get serious with it.
I purchased this bad boy for 3k as is with an overheated blown head gasket. Hoping it might be a simple gasket replacement i ended up with a full rebuild on my hands, as it sat for 6 months and the bore was too far gone to save. We ended up with a 20thou bore, new internals to suit, race bearings, ARP head studs and an MLS gasket. Head is reco'd with new tappets. Turbo had a little play, probably would of been fine but replaced it anyway. Couldnt find a stock replacement for a suitable price so upgraded to an evo TD05-16G while i was at it and had to custom pipe and line it in as the front housing is rotated 180deg from the RVR stock turbo.
Ended up coming out about 6k in after everything so not too bad considering shes only got 135 on the clock now and its absolutely mint otherwise - straight panels, good paint, mint dash etc etc. Passed a roadworthy straight up no issues.
Have since done a stereo install and taken the spare wheel carrier off with plans to graft a nimbus bar on it and relocate indicators to the body (main reason of starting this thread to keep a record of it for others)
Auto is a bit shit atm and due for a good service and inspection, however a manual conversion is very very tempting on the wallet...
Dont plan on anything too crazy - not going to sacrifice reliability for performance or do any loud modifications - i.e. no bling wheels, loud exhausts or super low ride height etc. I love being able to work on the car without jacking it up at all. Have never had to jack it even with an engine out. Already been through the cop bait phase and got 27 points in 2 years - quite over that now.
No real other major plans to modify it. Already has a keyless mongoose alarm system in it. Might throw a few vital gauges in it as it has none. Maybe a wideband/fuel pressure/oil pressure combo on the front dash but will be discreet about it. No giant 10 inch tachos in front of the existing one...lol
Will have to take some pics and throw them up on the weekend as the existing ones seemed to have gone astray.
Looking forward to many years of happy HSGR ownership.